LIBERTYWALK's SparkPeople Blog LIBERTYWALK's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community The Magic of Winter "15 minutes in the cold has the same effect on your metabolism as an hour of exercise." <BR> <BR> This was reported in a magazine, so I don't know if it is true. But... <BR> <BR> I once hated the cold. Then I decided to run outside all winter long (coldest = minus 8 F). It took a couple of winters to figure out how to dress properly, but now I really enjoy it. <BR> <BR> Best of all, it added the options of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing to my exercise regimen. <BR> <BR> I encourage ... Sat, 2 Dec 2017 09:53:26 EST I just reached XXX pounds!!! Do you remember the last time you hit XXX pounds? <BR> <BR> If it was on your way to your goal, how great did that feel?! You were invincible. You did the happy dance. There was nothing going to stand in your way. <BR> <BR> If it was on your way back to your starting weight, how did that feel? Defeating. Frustrating. It made you want to throw in the towel. <BR> <BR> XXX pounds is XXX pounds. How you feel about it is just a matter of perspective. <BR> <BR> Find a way rekindle the passion i... Thu, 30 Nov 2017 21:22:55 EST "Ain't about how fast I get there...It's the climb." I never would have guessed that I'd be a Miley Cyrus fan, but I have to admit that her performance on the Voice has impressed me. Recently, I took another look at the words to her song, The Climb: <BR> <BR> Always gonna be an uphill battle <BR> Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose <BR> Ain't about how fast I get there <BR> Ain't about what's waiting on the other side <BR> It's the climb <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <... Sun, 12 Nov 2017 17:15:20 EST Just one bite DOES matter. It's been almost five months since I've eaten sweets or desserts. More amazingly, I no longer want them. <BR> <BR> I work in an environment in which treats are provided by coworkers if not daily, then at least a couple of times of week. Before abstaining, cravings for these treats interfered with my concentration and consumed my thoughts. In effect, the treats called to me all day long. <BR> <BR> The dialog in my head BEFORE: Oh look. Cookies! But I'm not going to have one. (Pause.) Y... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 14:27:54 EST Vacation temptations... Nearly every summer, my husband, sons, and I vacation at a cabin on a lake in northern Wisconsin. Often, we will spend several summers in a row at the same cabin. Lately, it has been at Big Pine. Our activities are pretty much the same every year: fishing, eating, sleeping, eating, hiking, eating, kayaking, eating, fishing, eating… <BR> <BR> Although, by necessity, I have almost always eaten a healthier diet than my husband and sons, I have in the past often indulged on these cabin vacati... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 14:32:09 EST "Have you gained any weight back yet?" Yesterday we hosted a graduation party for our older son. It was an intimate family and friends affair held outside on a beautiful afternoon. <BR> <BR> A question drifted my way. "Have you gained any weight back yet?" The question was posed by my mother, rather loudly and from a distance. Silence ensued. I might have taken offense, but my mother was privy to some information that our other guests were not. I responded, "No, and I don't plan to." <BR> <BR> Two months ago, my weight los... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 20:28:58 EST